Now that the kids are back in school, the nights are cooling off, and the tourists are starting to leave the Gorge, it’s time to think skiing and snowboarding. Meadows passes are now on sale for the you-don’t-need-three-friends price of $499. Included in that price is the new Stadium Express lift (use your imagination and giggle when you realize the only possible abbreviation for that lift), eliminating the need for you to use the cattle crossing to Star (snowboarders, cheer loudly). The new lift gets you over to Star, HRM and Heather (it tops out at the same spot as Heather) without waiting in the MHX line. At this point, we’re looking at a weak La Nina or a neutral year, meaning average (450”) or better (max=830”) snowfall. I’ll do the statistical analysis and get back to you. Buy your season pass now!
We’re going to see a return to summer early next week, but between now and then, autumn is definitely in the air. We’ll see a chance of sprinkles today and tomorrow, and then it’s looking like we’re going to see some significant rainfall tomorrow night.
While the weather is cool and cloudy, we’re not going to see much wind in the Gorge, so we’re going to have sad windsurfers and kiters. Today we’ll see west wind at 5-10 or so (although iWind is reporting 17 at the Hatch right now and Hatchcam looks nearly glassy – go figure). Tomorrow we’ll see gusty west wind at 10-15mph as a warm front pushes through, followed by a cold front and more rain late in the day. Then on Monday, as high pressure rebuilds and sunshine returns, we’ll see glassy conditions on the river.
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Rafters and kayakers, the Tieton is still as high as it’s been in the last ten years, at 2350cfs. The White Salmon is high for September, at 2.1cfs. If you love the White Salmon River, there’s a cleanup today. Meet at the bottom of Cook-Underwood Road at 9am, and if you’re coming, try to carpool, as parking is limited. The cleanup should be over by 1pm.
Also today, there’s an open house at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, just west of Cook-Underwood Road. Come by from 9-2 and check out the spawning salmon. Yes, there actually is a fish hatchery at The Hatchery, and you can actually go check it out today.
If you’re a runner, there’s the Stevenson-Curves 5k race today. It’s only $2, and if you want to race, head to the North Bonneville Gazebo. The race starts at 10am, and benefits the female athletes at Stevenson High School. There’s an Irish Sundae bar and cake after the race, provided by Curves.
Coming up tomorrow, it’s Dog Days at Skibowl. Take your puppy out for some pure mountain fun!
Have an awesome day today!
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